Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Member Spotlight: Ann Austin

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Member Spotlight: Ann Austin

Article excerpt

"I am so proud of my membership in AAFCS," says Ann Austin, one of many family and consumer sciences professionals who have joined AAFCS in recent years. "I'm a true believer in AAFCS, and I am so thrilled to be a part of this Association."

Austin is a professor of child development and the associate dean of the College of Family Life at Utah State University, where she balances many varied roles. Austin teaches at least one class each semester, ranging from a mandatory college introductory course to a doctoral-level course on child development; researches the factors that promote school readiness and success among Latino migrant farm children from Southwest Texas and Mexico; leads a child care resource and referral agency, which provides training and technical support to child care workers, parents, and businesses in northern Utah; plays a leading role in the development of a college-wide internal assessment program and of the new general education program on campus; and is also involved with the local Boys and Girls Clubs and NC223, a national research project examining the effects of welfare reform.

Austin joined AAFCS to learn more about the organization that grants accreditation to family and consumer sciences units in higher education. Austin immediately became involved in the leadership of the Association, and now serves a threeyear term on the Council for Accreditation. …

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